Why is reading together essential for your child?

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What’s your first, and perhaps most cherished, memory of reading? Chances are, it has you settled into your parent’s lap, listening wide-eyed to the stories that are tumbling out of a dog-eared storybook.

Reading together isn’t just about telling stories; it’s about making a memory. To us, it’s the perfect example of affectionate teaching. All our educational games use affectionate teaching in different ways and with PuppetPhonics, parents and pre-schoolers learn phonic sounds together by playing with puppets and reading.

READING TO YOUR CHILD SHOULD BE A REGULAR ACTIVITY AT HOME

1) It improves listening and comprehension: By following what you’re saying, your child picks up new words, pronunciation and learns to follow the structure of the story.

2) Vocabulary and sentence construction get a boost: Storybooks have words that the two of you might not use often. 3-5 years is the most important time for building language skills, so the more words he hears, the more he’ll use.

3) It sparks the imagination: When you describe a situation in a book, your little one has to visualise it and create mental images.

4) It helps kids become storytellers: Children don’t just love listening to stories, but also telling them. The stories they hear adds fuel to their own tales and boosts creativity.

5) It creates a sense of security: Reading together is a nurturing and warm activity that makes kids feel loved. This then shapes their attitudes towards future situations and relationships.

BUT, DON’T FORGET TO…

1) Keep the session fun and unstructured: Remember, this isn’t meant to test your child. When it’s spontaneous and free-flowing, the benefits will be greater.

2) Read together even after your child can read on her own: Kids love the attention and affection of reading together. Kids who can read on their own still want to be read to and value it as a moment of togetherness.

3) Keep it interactive: Let your child interrupt, ask questions, and maybe even add his own spin to the tale.

4) Do it yourself: Parents often try to outsource reading to the child’s nanny or siblings, and the outcome isn’t always a hurrah. Reading together is an opportunity for you to bond, so use it well.

Looking to brush up your reading and storytelling skills? Let bestselling children’s book author Jane De Suza tell you how to act out a story. And if you’d like to put them into practice, there’s no better way than PuppetPhonics!